Baz Luhrmann says the film won’t glorify King since “it’s not truly about his life.”


Baz Luhrmann says the film won’t glorify King since “it’s not truly about his life.”

Baz Luhrmann, the director of the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, has stated that the film is more about exploring America in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, with the star’s relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker serving as “the motor of that drama.”

The long-awaited Elvis Presley biopic from Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge!, will be released in theaters next summer. The filmmaker spent 18 months working on the film in an office barn at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Before filming in his native Australia with Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as The Colonel, he had access to the Presley archives to study the film.

Baz has been editing the film in a theatre modeled after The King’s Hilton suite during his Las Vegas residency since filming on the Elvis biopic finished.

The 58-year-old told the Australian Financial Review that he never knows if he’s happy with his films, but that he’s confidence in the quality of his two stars’ performances to carry the plot.

“Just when I think I’ve seen or experienced it all, I end up producing an Elvis film on the Gold Coast by myself – and being stunned by it,” Baz remarked.

“It has rejuvenated and enlivened me to be back in an area similar to where I grew up at my age. I’m a big fan of change… I’m never afraid of energy. I enjoy being uplifted by it.”

Despite the fact that this is an Elvis biography, Baz claims that the film is more about the era in which the King performed than about the man himself.

“When I look at musical biography, it’s not really about the life,” the filmmaker explained.

“I’m not here to glorify Elvis Presley. I simply saw him as the ideal canvas for exploring America in the contemporary era, the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.”

The connection between The King and his manager, former circus carny Colonel Tom Parker, is, according to Baz, “the engine of that story.”

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“I saw this story about the Colonel and Elvis as a really fantastic prism through which to investigate the latter part,” Baz added.


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